James "Ray" Harding, age 63, of Taylorsville passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at his residence.
James will lie-in-state at Alexander Funeral Service on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th, 2020 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Hammer officiating.
James was born on September 27, 1957, the son of Mary Hefner Wiles and the late James Franklin Harding. During his career, he was self-employed as a skilled carpenter. James was of the Baptist faith and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He was a skilled mechanic and a “Ford man” and cherished his 65 Ford Mustang. Ray also worked with Charlie Sigmon Racing as a pit crew member.
Along with his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years Myra Walker Harding of the home; children James Harding, Jr. of Statesville, Angela Patterson of Greenville, SC, and Wesley Harding of Statesville NC; step-son Ryan Barlowe (Amanda) of Taylorsville; step-daughter Tara Barlowe of Hickory; sisters Wanda Ladd (Buddy) of Kernersville, Barbara Herman (Terry) and Shelby Welborn both of Taylorsville; and Debbie Killian (Derek) of Hickory; eight grandchildren; along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Covid-19 restrictions apply to all service.